The Wisconsin Senate is voting on a bill tossing out the 180 day requirement for schools to hold classes. Classes would still have to be held for certain numbers of hours -- but schools could hold longer days to get those hours in. The issue came to the forefront in January, when most Wisconsin schools were closed for at least four days due to the coldest winter in two decades.
Open enrollment begins this week. Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.
For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area.
Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in. District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers.
In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing. School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building.
Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS.
But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned. Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.
A new clinic has opened its doors inside Rhinelander High School. The new Aspirus clinic won’t serve students - but it will serve school district employees and their families. The clinic can provide basic primary care. A visit costs just ten dollars.
Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says clinic access will be good for employee health, as well as save the district money.
Eleven Assembly members from both parties came to Rhinelander Wednesday to learn more of the challenges facing rural schools. Ken Krall reports area school leaders had much to say.
The Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools first heard from Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi who outlined Rhinelander's history, including cutting $11 million from the budget and closing five buildings, including 4 schools in the past ten years. She says a combination of factors are providing local schools with increasing problems, not the least of which is the drop in state aids...
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school. Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks. No suspects will be brought to the location. County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county.
“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51. And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.”
Rhinelander school district officials have developed a web page so residents concerned about school funding can keep up to date. Rural school districts are feeling a financial squeeze as many districts have fewer students and are getting less financial aid, but still required to follow mandates.
The legislature's budget-writing group, the Joint Finance Committee, is looking at school funding at this time.